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Dec 26, 2012 5:00pm PST
exgrempt a key education law. state department of education was hoping to win a reprieve from no child left behind. the law punishes schools and districts if not enough students are proficient and n.english and math. 6,000 schools have been labeled as failing. the state argued the schools are being required to send sed aside funding for outside tutoring program autos "los angeles times" publish aid list unlike any other including thousands of confidential files of expected sex abuse within the boy scouts. the map posted online includes names of the alleged abusers and a copy of the original scouts report. the victims names do not appear. the boy scouts kept files for is own internal use and began conducting criminal background checks in 2008. 34 residents are included on that list. >> we know the old saying don't let the bed bugs bite. guess what? they are in the east bay. the ala immediate why county health department is getting a bed bug boot camp next month. it's a free event on how to prevent and control the spread of bud bugs. the boot camp has been scheduled january 22 at s
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Dec 29, 2012 5:00am PST
reporter alan wang reports from san rafael. >> around the bay area law enforcement agencies are conducting driver's license checks and, if needed, a sobriety test. >> do what you have to do but don't drink and drive. >> apparently an extra reminder is needed. during the week before christmas the chp made 1,171dui arrests statewide compared to 980 in 2011. fatalities were up more than double during this period. 39 compared to 14 last year. >> you know, i think people are a little more depressed this year. i think they are going out trying to find a relief for whatever pressures they have. >> i know a few. >> ben smith said he has friends who have had to pay the price for a dui arrest. >> it's expensive. i'm hearing different numbers. last time that i had a buddy, like $6,000 or something like that. i've heard $10,000. >> businesses like the pier 15 restaurant and bar say they will call a cab or drive a customer home themselves. they say it's worth it for both patron and customer. >> that's why we have returning customers all the time because we do care about our customers. >> the
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Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm PST
john buress naming four officers. >> a slew of new laws set to hit the books january 1 from new rules on the road to sales tax increases for sm.=i=r? we're live to preview some of the new rules and laws. nannette? californians taxes will go up in just a few days. the income tax will go up for high earners and sales tax going up for everyone. >> shoppers still getting their fill with after christmas sale buzz sales tax will jump another quarter sent bringing state wide tax to 7.5% for four years. california voters okayed the hike to safe schools from deeper cuts. >> i have a 17-year-old daughter and grandchildren going to be in school. whatever we've got to do, we'll dig in deeper to help. >> not everyone is happy with another tax hike. >> in the looking forward to it. this n reason for it to improve things but i never see it going towards that. >> also, help for senior citizens modeled after the amber alert a silver alert for anyone 65 or older who is missing and in great danger because of the medical conditions like alzheimer's. families typically have to wait 24 hours to file a repo
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Dec 29, 2012 8:00am PST
city, mountain view and san jose. alan wang reports from san rafael. >> around the bay area, law enforcement agencies are conducting drivers license checks and if needed a sobriety test. apparently an extra reminder is needed. during the week before christmas chp made a 1170 d.u.i. arrests statewide compared to 980 in 2011. fay fatalities were up more than double, 39 compared to 14 last year. >> people are more depressed and find a relief for whatever pressures they. >> have ben smith said he had friends for a d.u.i. arrest. >> i'm hearing different numbers. last time i had a buddy it was $6,000. i've heard $10,000. >> businesses like pier 15 restaurant and bars say they will call a cab or drive a customer home themselves. it's worth it both for patron and customer. >> we do care about our customers. >> they are offering water in between drinks. >> this new year's eve she is avoiding the drive altogether. >> on new year's eve we are going to have a party and spending the night there. >> a local law firm will provide free cab service in san francisco on new year's eve and bart wil
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Dec 28, 2012 5:30pm PST
, lit candles to honor those firefighters who died. today's arrest shows how seriously law enforcement is about going after anyone in trying to prosecute them, who are connected with this terrible crime, even though, david, the shooter himself is dead. >> such a horrific plot. ron, thanks to you. >>> with millions of americans on vacation this holiday, an unwelcome headline for hundreds of apparentlies on -- passengers on two separate cruise ships. their holiday trips turned into a nightmare when many of them became very sick. matt gutman is in miami. >> reporter: it advertises comfort, luxury, and fine dining. >> now sailing on the grandest ocean liner ever, the "queen mary 2." >> reporter: but now the colossal ocean liner is one of three cruises just this week to be rocked by mass outbreaks of the stomach flu. 194 "queen mary" passengers reported contracting the bug, believed to be the highly contagious norovirus. >> it can even resist most of the disinfectants that are normally used to clean environmental surfaces. >> reporter: so you can just touch something like this and put it to
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 11:00pm PST
bay area law enforcement agencies are conducting driver's license checks and if needed a sobriety test. >> do what you have to do, but don't drink and drive. >> apparently an extra reminder is needed. during the week before christmas, the chp made a thousand -- 1,170dui arrests statewide compared to 980 in 2011. fatalities were up more than double during this period. 39 compared to 14 last year. >> you know, i think people are a little more depressed this year. i think they are going out and trying to find a relief for whatever pressures they have. >> ben smith of walnut creek says he has friends who have had to pay the price for a dui arrest. >> it is expensive. i don't know. i am hearing different numbers. the last time i had a buddy it was like 6,000 or something like that. i heard $10,000. >> businesses like the pier15 restaurant and bars say they will call a cab or drive a customer home themselves. they say it is worth it for both patron and customer. >> and that's why we have returning customers all the time. we do care about our customers. >> they are offering water in between d
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 4:30am PST
leaders reaching for help to stem growing crime right, plan calls for consulting with veteran law enforcement officials from los angeles and boston, it includes a return to neighborhood policing with five districts drawn. >>> state senator jerry hill of san mateo will introduce a bill to require repeat drunk drivers to blow into a breathalyzer before they hit the road even if sober. would it require ignition devices on vehicles after a driver's second conviction. the device requires a breath sample before the engine can start. right now it is up to the court to decide. >>> expect to see more officers on bay area streets tonight through new year's eve. the chp and other law enforcement agencies are cracking down. they are setting up dui checkpoints in the north bay, south bay and peninsula, starting 6:00 through monday night. >>> it is 4:35. high school senior faces possibility of being expelled after writing a poem that alarmed some at her san francisco school. the 17-year-old attends life learning academy. her poem talks about the shooting in connecticut. she red her poem and exp
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 4:00am PST
new farm bill. without the bill, the 1949 law would kick in. and that would force the government to pay dairy farmers much higher prices for their milk, pushing costs up all across the board. >>> another day, another upbeat report on the rebounding housing market. sales of new homes jumped 4.4% between october and november. the fastest pace in more than 2 1/2 years. overall, new home sales are up 15% over the past year. >>> and still, with the economy, a sign of the rebounding u.s. auto industry. ford will spend more than $750 million to expand a half-dozen manufacturing plants in michigan. that will create more than 2,300 jobs and save 3,000 others. it's part of the company's commitment to invest $6.2 billion in its u.s. plants and create 12,000 jobs by 2015. >>> there are movie flops. and then, there's the 2012 film that's the biggest flop of all-time. christian slater's indy cop horror film "payback" grossed a total of $264. box office mojo crunched the numbers and found that "payback" played in one theater last spring. if you're counting, that means a couple dozen people decided
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Dec 29, 2012 11:00pm PST
dead after arriving the coast guard station. brother-in-law says he feels a bit numb. >> i want to cry but i -- really hard. >> friends and relatives cling to each while some cry or stare out into space. they can't believe the miss fortune that hit the family. the snawrnl -- sister-in-law that's lost everything in a fire in the home on christmas day, and they're trying to raise enough money to bury father and son in mexico city. friends set up a bank account to help the mother and daughter with living and funeral expenses. if you wish to donate, you can log on to abc-7 news.com and click on "see it on tv". the information on how to donate is there. reporting live in marin county, abc-7 news. >> ama: friends of the man shot and killed by walnut creek police held a vigil at the salon where he worked. they came to remember anthony banta, jr. police responded to a nine one one call with a woman scream income the background. officers said he had a weapon but doesn't say what it was. >> he took --... >> a good man. he had a future. >> ama: the officers involved are on paid leave, which i
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Dec 29, 2012 1:05am PST
. around the bay area law enforcement agencies are conducting driver's license checks and if needed aety test. >> do what you have to do, but don't drink and drive. >> apparently an extra reminder is needed. during the week before christmas, the chp made a thousand 1,17 1,170dui arrests statewide compared to 980 in 2011. fatalities were up more than double during this period. 39 compared to 14 last year. >> you know, i think people are a little more depressed this year. i think they are going out and trying to find a relief for whatever pressures they have. >> ben smith of walnut creek says he has friends who have had to pay the price for a dui arrest. >> it is expensive. i don't know. i am hearing different numbers. the last time i had a buddy it was like 6,000 or something like that. i heard $10,000. >> businesses like the pier15 restaurant and bars say they will call a cab or drive a customer home themselves. they say it is worth it for both patron and customer. >> and that's why we have returning customers all the time. we do care about our customers. >> they are offering wate betwee
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Dec 28, 2012 11:00am PST
eve, the chp and other law enforcement agencies are cracking down on drunk drivers, setting up checkpoints in the north bay, south bay and peninsula, starting 6:00 tonight through new year's day. >>> a fry ride on muni today to celebrate the -- a free ride on muni today to celebrate the 100th birthday. terry mcsweeney is live at the west postal station. >> reporter: no unnecessary love, let's call it, for muni on is 100th birthday. riders are saying what muni needs to do, as we go forward is get it together, start running its trains on time. good news is muni's birthday wish for itself is the same thing. hop on a muni train or bus or cable car and it won't cost anything. happy birthday from muni, a system some love. >> i've been a lot of places i think muni is one of the greatest transportation lines. >> reporter: a system some don't love even on this special day. >> get serious about getting me places on time >> not good. really unreliable. i think, my opinion, you know, it is rare that it is ever on time. >> i agree with him. >> reporter: that comes from ed, a sometimes frust
ABC
Dec 23, 2012 4:00am PST
considering criminal charges over that prank call to the hospital. scotland law submitted one about the hoax. made by two australian radio deejays. they canceled them after the nurse who transferred the call committed suicide. >>> pope benedict delivered a christmas present to the former butler. he had been sentenced to 18 months in prisons, documents exposed embarrass iing things inside the vatican. >>> vatican visitors, it will have be they have to be scrubbed before it will be vacuumed cleaned and it's damaging the paintings. there will be a special carpet that cleans shoes and suction vents that pull dust from clothing. the 5 million who visit it every year are being blamed for layers of grime on the masterpiece so metal detectors and -- >> then you can go in. >> all right, ron, thank you. >>> the president and members of congress are all taking time off for the holidays even as the clock continues to run down, just nine days before we go over the fiscal cliff and everybody's taxes go up. i'm sure a lot of us feel they shouldn't be taking off. >> let's bring in george stephanopoulos
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Dec 26, 2012 4:00pm PST
president morsi signed the country's new constitution into law today. >> he called on the opposition to the opposition restricted the new constitution. >> the parts were draft bid islamist leaders. morsi revoked sweeping powers he granted himself last month. saying they were in necessary to get a referendum on the constitution. >> in syria, president assad's commander says he was defecting and joining the open sismgs he was one of the most senior members of the inner circle saying he defected because the army had been turned into a gang to kill and destroy during the 20 month uprising against president assad. >>"Áq russia's parliament approved a measure to ban americans from adopting russian children. the bill is a resfons a new u.s. law calling for sanctions against russians found to have violated human rights. official says 46 children about to be adopted by american citizens will stay in russia if this bill is signed. >> nelson mandela is back home. the 94-year-old had been in the hospital since december 8th diagnosed with a lung inzpex had a procedure to remove gall stones a spo
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Dec 22, 2012 12:00am PST
. >> you will starve again unless you learn the meaning of the law. >> the meaning of those 19 years. >> a slave of the law. >> that is hugh jackman and russell crowe in "les miserables." it opens christmas day. it's fun to see you guys arguing in song. >> very natural. this is what happens. >> real australians do that. >> ♪ i hate you jimmy kimmel. >> i was there and i didn't do that. i didn't experience that. for a movie like this. -- you know the soundtrack and have seen the musical. do you bother to do research for it? >> you do, for real? >> there is that 1,600-page book with which i will get around to reading any minute. i hear it's great. but i actually went to unusually long and deep lengths to make sure i had everything right. this is a famous french tale. i sacrificed myself for the most of last summer by going to france. no, no. wait. i did a road trip right through the wine region and right to the south of france and i had a house for a month in provence. day in and day out, french, french wine, french, french, french. >> all write offs right? all tax deductible. that's
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Dec 22, 2012 4:00am PST
make your in-laws disappear? i mean, what's your next play here? >> i'm actually working on the in-law vanish right now. >> oh. >> i love you guys. sorry. yeah. we're actually planning on maybe doing a bigger illusion at the wedding, to kind of carry on. follow through with it. >> yep. >> sean and andrea, you're a gorgeous couple. the proposal was, indeed, magical. and we really appreciate you coming on this morning. thank you. >> thank you so much. >> thanks, you guys. >> bye, guys. >> take a leaf. a rock. that's it. >> bianna's perfecting this. we'll be right back. keep it here. more "gma" after the break. ♪ nothing to show. ♪ i didn't plan.... ♪ gifts for the fam. ♪ panic for me... ♪ anxiety. ♪ why do i wait? ♪ procrastinate. ♪ what should i do? ♪ brought nothing new. ♪ i will be shunned. ♪ son will be bummed. ♪ maybe i can re-gift this blender. ♪ what would your 8 year old do with a blender? ♪ think more clearly... ♪ what's this i see? ♪ target has a way. ♪ new deals today. ♪ last minute sale... ♪ thanks for the bail. ♪ gifts on the way.
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Dec 26, 2012 4:00am PST
retaliation for a u.s. law that calls for sanctions against russians seen to be human rights violators. there's 740,000 children without parental custody in russia. more than 60,000 russian children have been adopted in the u.s. in the last 20 years. >>> some encouraging news from south africa this morning, where nelson mandela is said to be in good spirits. the former president has been in the hospital since the beginning of december. yesterday, he got a visit from the country's current president, jacob zuma, who said mandela is looking better. zuma also said doctors are happy with the progress that mandela is making. >>> still, overseas in australia, shoppers there have had a full day in the stores. they've been doing their so-called boxing day shopping. and they're doing a lot of it. today's actually the busiest shopping day of the year down under. analysts say both men and women were buying up the latest fashions. with men going for surprise gadgets. and women, for homewares. >>> meantime, back here at home, a special story about a family's first christmas at home. they are mothers
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 5:00pm PST
months in response to the sandy hook school nas masa ker happening two weeks ago. >> at least one law enforcement official responding to the national rifle association's call to book armed cops in schools. following what happened in the controversial sheriff considering placing an armed volunteer sheriff deputy near schools. >> this is when they're going to be talking about the guns now, but i have the certainmt>"f resources at my disposal. i'm not going talk about it. i'm going to do it. >> the group usually patrols shopping balls but he says may extend the tour to keep schools safe. volume lun tears won't be patrolling on campus, but rather, around school autos still ahead an arrest today of a shooting ambush that left two firefighters dead. why police say a neighbor helped with the attack. >> late movement on a possible tax cut deal. new details on what could keep the nation from falling off the fiscal cliff. >> there is an app for just about everything, now, being cute on video. >>> there is movement in wad on a possibly tax cut deal that could avoid the dread td fiscal cliff. pre
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Dec 26, 2012 1:05am PST
store here at river mart plaza. some people forgot their um brrrr brel laws and had to make a dash, but made do. >>> if you are flying or picking somebody up from the airport, call ahead. sfo says weather is delaying some flights an average of 60 to as much as 90 minutes. no major delays at san jose or oakland, just sfo. flightto thet information check out the flight tracker on our website, abc7news.com. >>> a stretch of highway 1 south of big surrey mains closed -- big sur remains closed after rock slides from a weekend storm. the slide happened sunday afternoon after the heavy rain we got. crews are working to clear the debris and to repair a 60n of td roadway. here are the specific stretch we are talking about. no word when it will re-open. officials hope to have one lane open later this week. >>> the rain here means heavy snow in the sierra, but it is causing traffic problems, mainly because everybody has the same idea. and that idea is get up to the slopes. highway 180 was packed with cars going to squaw valley. the constant snow made it slow going and it made one man realize
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Dec 27, 2012 11:00pm PST
it calls for consult with veteran law enforcement officials from los angeles boston and former chief william brat ton and return to community neighborhood police with 5 districts drawn throughout the city. new aggressive effort to try to control some of the street violence that has really become such a mainly problem in the city of 0oakland by. to see a chap in the weather once again. sandy is here with live doppler 7 hd. >> yes dan. we are already seeing signs of change in the form of clouds. we will be seeing rain by tomorrow afternoon in some spots let's check out live doppler 7 hd clouds moving in and high level clouds. check out the computer animation 4:00 p.m. tomorrow. we are going to see rain in the north bay possibly snow indicated by the blue way to the north around lake couldn't and the mountains. rain snow mix certainly possible down around ukiah and 7:00 p.m. rain in the north bay around the santa cruz mountains didn't reach all areas. skirting the coast and keeping it in the north bay by 11:00 p.m. rain light to moderate intensity in the east bay. will you be able to pu
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Dec 26, 2012 11:00am PST
debating whether to sign it. the bill is in response to a new u.s. law calling for sanctions for russia found to have violated human rights 46 children about to be adopted by u.s. citizens will stay in russia, if the bill is signed. >>> president obama is cutting short his holiday to resume fiscal cliff negotiations. the white house says the president will leave hawaii tonight on a red-eye to washington. lawmakers have less than a week to come up to agreement on how to avoid tax increases and spending cuts set to go into effect january. the first lady and the couple's two daughters will remain in hawaii for another 10 days. >>> for the first time starbucks' employees are being asked to write other than names on cups. the chain is asking employees in washington, d.c. to scribble the words "come together." as a message to lawmakers to settle the fiscal cliff. >> some spots blue skies, some parts grey clouds. >> interesting the colors you will see out there rainbow colors out there and we've had some in the south baylor, i'll show you one from mountain view, san jose we just had moderate r
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Dec 24, 2012 4:00am PST
change in gun laws. he refruzed to answer or chanled the subject. he said the gun is a tool, the problem are criminals. david kerley, abc news, washington. >>> in other news this morning, a veteran of capitol hill was laid to rest in his home state of hawaii. in attendance was president obama. a 19-cannon salute was fired at senator daniel inouye's funeral. he died laths week at the age of 88. >>> new insight into mitt romney's failed presidential run. tagg romney says his dad never wanted the top job. he wanted to be president less than anyone i have met in my life, says tagg. he said his father is a very private person who simply does not like attention. >> interesting field to get into if you don't like attention. >>> out in space, a unique holiday show going on. jupiter and the moon will be in con vux in the evening. they're already close together in the sky and bright enough to be visible around the world, even if you're in a big city. >> with a home telescope you can see the moons, the mountains, the krarts. with the naked eye, you'll be able to see the show. enjoy a little
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Dec 27, 2012 5:30pm PST
manager and mayor, oblgland top law enforcement officer introduced a flan to restrict gun skprils reduce crime in oakland. this will include contracting with the policy partnership that is a group of manager was a proven record of violence reduction. leading that team will be"n:÷ bb waserman of boston. number two, a return to
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Dec 27, 2012 1:40am PST
that reassure you? >> no, it would make me more scared. but here's the deal, your in-laws are staying here a lot longer now. if you were hoping to get a break, your mom and dad or your in-laws coming back, saying we're going to be here for a couple more days. hopefully you love your in-laws. >> i'm away from home right now, but if my in-laws are staying, you are welcome to stay as long as you would like. >> good answer, muhammad. good answer. >>> because of this storm, the search for two missing students in maine is suspended indefinitely. state police divers used sonar in their efforts to locate the two. they were last seen drinking with friends a week ago at wells' home and they're students at a yacht-building school along the maine coast. >>> in other news, hundreds of schoolteachers plan to attend firearms training today in salt lake city. the 200 teachers come from districts all across utah and they volunteered for the concealed weapons training that is offered each year. organizers say in past years, only a few dozen teachers have attended this training, but they're expecting an
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Dec 24, 2012 5:30pm PST
christmas eve, they get shot, just simply doing their jobs. many of the law enforcement officials we spoke to today, they worked with a lot of these men who are being considered heroes. >> every time we cover a shooting and we cover way too many shooting incidents, you hear the same thing. people saying, i never thought it would happen here. but in tiny webster, new york, on christmas eve, that has most definitely got to be the case. so, what are you hearing from the people who live there? >> reporter: the neighborhood this took place in is a very nice, safe, quiet neighborhood. so, very shocking to hear that events like this would unfold. of course, in light of what happened in sandy hook, here we are dealing with a situation of guns and that gun control issue is coming up. hearts very heavy in this community. >> alexis arnold, we really appreciate your reporting tonight. thank you. >> reporter: thank you. >>> and now to the other big story we're following tonight. a series of storms set to barrel across america, possibly producing christmas day tornadoes in the south and then a hug
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Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
more police officers on streets tonight through new year's eve. c[ñ hfrbgs p and other law enforcementkl5ñ agencies are cracking dryers setting up checkpoints in the north bay, south bay and peninsula, starting at 6:00 tonight through monday night >>> if you ride san francisco's muni today you won't need your wallet the system is offering free rides all day on buses and cable cars to stem brit muni's 100th birth -- cars to celebrate muni's 100th birthday. the fare then was fiveó]k< cens compared to today's rate of $2. >>> 6:37. traffic and weather together, next. live look outside now at the golden gate bridge,ilv traffic light, friday holiday week light let's put it that way meteorologist mikem#ç nicco wl have the forecast, sue is checking traffic. >>> man is killed by a subway in new york city ahead why police s8éó this is >>> welcome back. thought we would show you where the bulk of the storm is now, rain in the higher elevation snow hitting crescent city, eurekaskzs towars reading now if you are heading up that way watch out things are going to get trick here
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Dec 22, 2012 5:00am PST
california law banning therapy turning gay minors straight has been blocked by a federal court of appeals. the first of its kind law was passioned in the state legislature and signed by governor jerry brown. the court blocked the law until it came here on whether the law is constitutional. >> the last weekend before christmas shopping frenzy is under way, retailers are trying something new, we're talking about 24-hour sales. tomas ramon found an example at macy's. >> all the last minute, i got a few to go but i'm close. >> he is last minute shopper who came to the mall. they all have enticement to procrastinateders like humphrey. there is some things that are 50-75% before one is offering shopping and sales is macy's. they are staying open for a full 48 hours from 7:00 a.m. friday to 7:00 a.m. sunday. the idea so to make sure they can find a store open. it worries frank. >> i am concerned about who they are going to have come in at 3:00 in the morning and shop. that is kind of crazy. >> 57 macy's stores will stay open until christmas eve. bridge point shopping center, toys are us will sta
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Dec 28, 2012 5:00am PST
. vladimir putin signed the bill into law, banning adoptions, a few hours ago. the law also stops dozens of adoptions currently underway. americans have adopted more than 60,000 russian children since the fall of the soviet union. some say the ban is retaliation for a u.s. law that calls for sanctions against russian s who violate human rights. >>> president obama will immediate -- meet with leaders from capitol hill hoping to avoid the fiscal cliff. spending cuts and tax hikes will go into effect unless lawmakers can broker a deal. >> reporter:cx$z president obama will4zkn:eÑ with congressional leaders later today at the white house. it may be too late for a deal. there are just four days left before the fiscal cliff deadline. >> i have to be honest mr. president, i don't know timewise how it can happen now.((?u >> reporter: harry reid lashed out at house speaker bane area out at house speaker bane area caution him ofrm" dictatorship. >> boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> reporter: republicans blame democrats. >>
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Dec 27, 2012 4:00pm PST
skirted state law, giving loans online with rates of up to 400%. they will work with groups to identify borrowers. >> firefighters still on the scene of an apartment fire in oakland. crews inspected the building which is on 83rd avenue near international boulevard. no word yet on what caused this blaze. but damage seems to be concentrated at the rear of the building. >> a man is in custody after a standoff in a gas station in san francisco. sky 7 hd over the scene when police responded to a report of a man with a knife acting strangely. the man locked himself into a bathroom and took an hour and a half to talk him out. the person booked for disorderly conduct at san francisco police department mission station. >> a tow truck driver suffered injury whez crossed the center divide, hitting three oncoming cars. the driver is expected to recover. sky 7 is overhead at the time two. other drivers suffered injuries. the cause of the accident remains under investigation. >> well we know the next weather system is on the way. folks have just finished clean up from the last storm, trying
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Dec 26, 2012 2:40am PST
there's more danger as it moves east. >> and the blizzard, very dangerous. when you hear law enforcement put out the warnings that say if you don't have to go on the roads, don't go on the roads. if you don't have to be out, if you don't have to be traveling, stay home and enjoy the holidays. >> good advice right now. >>> that same storm system dumped several feet of snow on california over the weekend, causing avalanches. and now a second person was -- has died. bill foster was buried yesterday about eight minutes after the intentionally started avalanche got out of hand. a snowboarder in another resort also died in a separate avalanche. the area got several feet of snow over the weekend cretuat g cretuating -- creating those dangerous conditions. >>> our more major story this morning, some disturbing details about the christmas eve killings of two firefighters in rochester, new york. they are included in a letter typed by the hiller allegedly on a typewriter and found by police. >> reporter: the trap that killed two firefighters and injured three other first responders was set by this
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Dec 28, 2012 4:00pm PST
taken. law enforcement agencies say check points such as this one help to intercept drunk drivers and take them off of the streets. redwood city police officers have checked 15,000 vehicles so far this holiday period. and made 18 arrests. they support the bill. >> this legislation is being propose today is actually needed to be added as part of the arsenal that we have in detering people that may not just have the will, dedication or moral fort tud to not drive drunk. >> the device costs about $100 but requires ongoing cal braigs to ensure accuracy that can run an additional $50 to $100 every two months. mothers against drunk driving would prefer laws tougher. >> i prefer they're installed on every dui convicted person's car. this is a great stop gach. >> four california counties are in the middle of a pilot project in which those devices are required after the first dui conviction. and is hoping that feed back from that pilot project might provide ammunition it needs for a tougher law. >> writers on edge after another person was pushed into an oncoming train and killed. witnesses
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Dec 30, 2012 9:00am PST
cannot believe the misfortune that has hit this family. the sister-in-law, gloria, said the escamillos recently lost all they owned in a house fire the week before christmas day. the family is trying to raise enough money to bury father and son in their native mexico city. friends have set up a bank account to pay for funeral and moving expenses. if you wish to contribute you can click on our website and the information is there on "see it on tv." abc7 news. >> next month officials in marin will open up five location to buy back guns and violent videos, using almost $15,000 in donations collected so far. the donations included $10,000 from the marin community foundation, according to our media partner, the marin independent journal. $5,000 in donations come from private donors. this has the added twist of buying back violent video games. it was first proposed by the marin district attorney after the connecticut school shooting tragedy. >>> the family of a 23-year-old man who has been missing since he jumped into a creek to evade a sobriety test on christmas eve is offering a
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Dec 30, 2012 2:00am PST
pai wr 5:00 p.m. they were pronounced dead after arriving the coast guard station. brother-in-law says he feels a bit numb. >> i want to cry but i -- really hard. >> friends and relatives cling to each while some cry or stare out into space. they can't believe the hit fortune that hit the family. the snawrnl -- sister-in-law that's lost everything in a fire in the home on christmas day, and they're trying to raise enough money to bury father and son in mexico city. friends set up a bank account to help the mother and daughter with living and funeral expenses. if you wish to donate, you can log on to abc-7 news.com and click on "see it on tv". the information on how to donate is there. reporting live in marin county, abc-7 news. >> ama: friends of the man shot and killed by walnut creek police held a vigil at the salon where he worked. they came to remember anthony banta, jr. police responded to a nine one one call with a woman scream income the background. officers said he had a weapon but doesn't say what it was. >> he took --... >> a good man. he had a future. >> ama: the office
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Dec 22, 2012 6:00am PST
. >>> california law banning therapy aiming at turning gay minors straight has been blocked by a federal court of pleams. the law was passed in the state legislature and signed by the governor but the court blocked the law to take effect until it can hear arguments on whether or not it is constitutional. >>> the last weekend before christmas shopping frenzy is under way and retailers are trying something new to help the last minute shoppers -- 24-hour sales. >> all the last minute stuff, i got but i still have a few to go, but i'm close. >> reporter: richard is last minute shopper who has come to mall. they have en ties. for people like humphrey. there are some offering 75% off but full two days of shopping and sales is macy's this is one of more of 800 stores nationwide that is staying open a full 48 hours. the idea is to make sure that shoppers can find a store open. >> i'm concerned about who they will have coming in at 3:00 in the morning and shop. that is kind of crazy. >> 57 macy's stores will stay open around the clock until christmas eve. bridge point shopping center the toys 'r' us store
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Dec 23, 2012 5:30pm PST
change in gun law, he either refused to answer or changed the subject. he finished by saying the gun is the tool. the problem is the criminal. >> let me ask you about another washington story. we're nine days away from going over the fiscal cliff. any progress to speak of today? >> there are a number of members of congress today asking that the president and the speaker try one more time. both republicans and democrats in the senate are saying the chances of that big debt-reducing deal really are lost. it's now a small deal, they expect it out of the senate probably later this week. >> david kerley reporting from washington tonight. thank you. >>> speaking of president obama, he attended the burial today of long-time hawaii senator, daniel inouye. it was a 19-gun salute when the senator's coffin arrived at the national memorial cemetery of the pacific. senator inouye was the first japanese american elected to both houses of congress. he was also the second longest serving senator in american history. he was 88 years old. >> the other big story we're following tonight, with a third of
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Dec 28, 2012 7:00am PST
from adopting russian children is igniting a firestorm among human rights activists, saying this law victimizes children to make a political point. now, the u.s. is the biggest destination for adopted russian children. some 60,000 of them have been given homes by americans since the fall of the soviet union. what's more heart breaking, there's nearly 52 children in the process of being adopted by american families right now. in some cases, families who have been waiting years to complete the adoption process. so, this new law will now block those kids from leaving russia. meaning, they will not be coming to the u.s. and given a new home. and so far, the u.s. has not responded. josh? >> thank you. amy? >> heartbreaking story there, josh. >>> we do have breaking weather news, though. much of the country under a blanket of snow. and sam's telling us, there's more snow on the way. >> watching this storm develop this morning, amy. good morning, everybody. 64% of the country now has the white stuff on the ground. let's show you some pictures out of maine, and the storm exiting that area. c
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Dec 23, 2012 8:00am PST
americans have to face this truth. take a look. >> politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones, and in doing so, they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> do you personally believe, congressman, that gun-free school zones have been invitations to mayhem and that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun? >> well, i think that when you look at school safety, you've got to put armed guards into the equation. i've made it clear that it should not be a mandatory law that every school has there. there should be local choice but absolutely, i believe that protecting our children with an armed guard who is trained is an important part of the equation. we have two-thirds of our schools or, excuse me, one-third of our schools in america right now with an armed off-duty police officer or resource officer. if you have a choice of sending your child to a school that has that type of protection versus not, i think most people in america would say, let's go to what would be the school th
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Dec 23, 2012 7:00am PST
cambridge hospital. that was earlier this month. scotland law submitted one about the hoax. made by two australian radio deejays. the radio station canceled them after the nurse who transferred the call to kate middleton's room committed suicide. >>> pope benedict delivered a christmas present to his former butler. he pardoned paolo gabriele. he had been sentenced to 18 months in prisons, documents exposed embarrassing things inside the vatican. allegations of corruption and more. >>> and talking about the vatican visitors, they will have to be scrubbed before they can visit the sistine chapel. they will be vacuum cleaned and cooled down to reduce the pollution they bring which is damaging the paintings. there will be a special carpet that cleans shoes and suction vents that pull dust from clothing. the 5 million who visit it every year are being blamed for layers of grime on the masterpiece so metal detectors and -- then you get hosed down before you can go in. >> all right, ron, thank you. >>> the president and members of congress are all taking time off for the holidays even as the c
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Dec 29, 2012 4:00am PST
-sex couples are legally exchanging vows today. the new law legalizing same-sex marriage went into effect at midnight, 12:01 a.m. today. some ceremonies were held overnight. same-sex marriage became legal in maryland on tuesday. become legal on tuesday. >>> and finally, talk about living on the edge. in massachusetts, several homes on plum island are in danger of plunging into the atlantic ocean. thursday's storms and pounding waves are threatening their foundations. two homes are so unstable the homeowners can't get inside to retrieve their belongings. >>> now, time to ginger and the weather. >> pittsburgh, getting more snow this morning. and they're about 27 of so getting up early this morning. some more cold air behind it. and the snowstorm we've been talking about before the broadcast, now moving into northeast new england. winter storm warnings there in pink. and the lows combine. it will be rainy in parts of the carolinas. but then it will start to intensify and drop snow in connecticut, rhode island and massachusetts, in the heart of where all that snow will intensify. back
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Dec 25, 2012 11:00pm PST
laws and had to make a dash, but made do. >>> if you are flying or picking somebody up from the airport, call ahead. sfo says weather is delaying some flights an average of 60 to as much as 90 minutes. no major delays at san jose or oakland, just sfo. for up to the minute flight information check out the flight tracker on our website, abc7news.com. >>> a stretch of highway 1 south of big surrey mains closed -- big sur remains closed after rock slides from a weekend storm. the slide happened sunday afternoon after the heavy rain we got. crews are working to clear the debris and to repair a 60 of-foot section of the damaged roadway. here are the specific stretch we are talking about. no word when it will re-open. officials hope to have one lane open later this week. >>> the rain here means heavy snow in the sierra, but it is causing traffic problems, mainly because everybody has the same idea. and that idea is get up to the slopes. highway 180 was packed with cars going to squaw valley. the constant snow made it slow going and it made one man realize he needed chains. >> we decide
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Dec 28, 2012 1:05am PST
veteran law enforcement officials from los angeles boston and former chief william brat ton and return to community neighborhood police with 5 districts drawn throughout the city. new aggressive effort to try to control some of the street violence that has really become such a mainly problem in the city of 0oakland by. to see a chap in the weather once again. sandy is here with live doppler 7 hd. >> yes dan. we are already seeing signs of change in the form of clouds. we will be seeing rain by tomorrow afternoon in some spots let's check out live doppler 7 hd clouds moving in and high level clouds. check out the computer animation 4:00 p.m. tomorrow. we are going to see rain in the north bay possibly snow indicated by the blue way to the north around lake couldn't and the mountains. rain snow mix certainly possible down around ukiah and 7:00 p.m. rain in the north bay around the santa cruz mountains didn't reach all areas. skirting the coast and keeping it in the north bay by 11:00 p.m. rain light to moderate intensity in the east bay. will you be able to put the umbrella away for the wee
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Dec 24, 2012 11:00pm PST
the years they have had several run-ins with the law. in july paul died at the age of 24. we were unable to find out the cause of death nor were we successful in contacting his brother colbert. chris was one of the officers who shot and killed the tiger. he later received a medal of valor. >> i have never personally seen a tiger maul a human in my lif life. that's something i will never forget. >>reporter: he an his partner among the first to respond to the radio call. they saw paramedic by the tiger pit working on suisse a then they rushed to the another call. second victim was outside the terrace cafe. >> he was in seated position. bleeding profusely tiger sitting at his feet. guarding him. just sitting there. >>reporter: he and his partner came out of the car yelling. screaming. trying to divert the tiger away from one of the brothers. tattiana suddenly veered toward them. when she was about 20 yards away he decided to fire his handgun. first shot struck at that time i don't know a in the chest. but she kept coming. >> i hit the other side of the chest. flinches now starting to
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Dec 30, 2012 8:00am PST
later. we really don't have that much leverage there because those rates go up by operation of law december 31st. i would focus on areas we have more leverage on." so why would the president agree to raise that limit by a dollar when you have so many republicans that -- >> i don't think you have so many republicans. that was one statement and the context was what is realistic as a deal given the president's adamant position he wouldn't compromise on anything above $200,000. let's just get back to the theory because chuck had it right the first time. the more people you sweep up in this big tax increase, the worse it will be for economy and small business and for workers. let me point out two interesting statistics. over half of the dividends paid by corporations go to people 65 years of age and older. in fact, a majority of adult americans own stock or -- let me just make this point, so when the dividend rate goes up to 68.6%, which is the combined corporate and dividend rate, "a," corporations aren't going to pay dividends, and, "b," if you are one of those seniors who get it you'
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Dec 27, 2012 6:00pm PST
it's not. >> your limit took 36%. anyone doing 400% apr is violating the law. >> he says he caught check and go doing just that. with loans it sold online. >> saying we're subject to federal regulations then, they charged apr. >> herera sued and check and go settled meaning they'll have to pay back to customers. a spokesman says they'll admitted no wrong doing they've ended that bank partnership and are cooperating but now, customers only have 90 days to claim money. >> the office launched a viral video about a similar settle wmt money mart. >> i'm not going tell you our marketing secrets. >> local leaders worked to get the word out about settlement, also about a city backed get lower interest rates if you qualify. >> the loan between $50 to 500s and with interest rate of no marry than 18% apr. >> it's a partnership for people who live, work or worship in san?ck=%rancisco. check and go spokesman points out it won't take the place of larger loan autos pays lower interest. of course, it would be better for everybody. >> and to find out whether you qualify for the settlement or to get
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Dec 22, 2012 5:30pm PST
attempt at a violent video game law, the court had this to say, if these studies have been rejected by every court to consider them, and with good reason, they do not prove that violent video games cause minors to act aggressively. bonnie, a mother of two young children with her own concerns, also happens to run one of the most successful first person shooter games around, halo 4. what do you say to parents who worry that it's too violent, not good for the kids? >> what i recommend is, your kids are going to play games. play with them so that you can really be there to answer questions and help them through that. >> reporter: advice from an insider, whether you like it or not, kids are playing these games, and it's up to the parents to understand them. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. >>> and now to an extraordinary medical story, tonight one family is celebrating the holidays with a baby they thought would not be here. this is a medical miracle. involving an operation performed months before the child was even born. here's dr. richard besser. >> reporter: what you're seeing is a mir
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Dec 21, 2012 11:00pm PST
23-year-old driver. >>> the california law banning therapy aimed at turning gay minor straight has been blocked. the first of a kind law was passed in the state legislature and signed by governor brown this fall. the court blocked the law from taking affect january 1st until it could hear arguments on whether the law is constitutional. >>> the shopping frenzy is underway and retailers are trying something new to help those last-minute shoppers. 24-hour sales. abc7 news reporter thomas roman is live at macy's in daily city. thomas? >> ama, dan, these stores want to make sure the last-minute shopper has someplace to go. beginning today macy's is having one of the longest one-day sales i have ever seen. they opened at 7:00 a.m. and they will go straight through until 7:00 a.m. on sunday. they are not alone. >> all of the last-minute stuff i got, i think. i have a few to go, but i'm pretty close. >> richard humphrey is a last-minute shopper who has come to the mall. the stores have some entice meant for procrastinators. there are some offering discounts of 50, 65 or 75% off. the one st
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Dec 21, 2012 11:35pm PST
tougher gun control laws denounced his proposals. >> the nra has declined to step forward as a credible and constructive partner. >> reporter: and there was this on the facebook page of mark kelly, husband of former congresswoman gabby giffords, grievously wounded in a mass shooting last year. gabby and i are extremely disappointed. the nra could have chosen to be a voice for the vast majority of its own members who want commonsense reasonable safety guards on firearms but instead it chose to defend extreme pro-gun positions. but the nra's message today wasn't aimed at its critics. it was a stark reminder to its allies, politicians who need the nra's support. toe the line. >> they stifle any meaningful discussion about these issues everyone, whether you are a democrat or republican, you are afraid of them. they bully you. >> reporter: deborah magguard, former leader in the house of representatives, life-long member of the nra, a staunch conservative. she supported gun rights throughout her career, earning an a-plus rating from the nra, until this year. when she opposed a bill a
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Dec 22, 2012 11:00pm PST
laws. participants dressed in black and laid down for 20 minutes. organizers then read the names of each of the victims. >> san francisco police are marking the norse of -- anniversary of one of their open. the 28-year-old was one of several officers searching for a 33-year-old man. west ran through a garage when. when police went to move in he opened fire, hitting the officer, who died at the hospital the next day. people can pay respect tuesday the community room indiana after -- named after him. >>> the family of steve jobs has lost the fight over his dream yacht. the designer has image pounded the vessel over an unpaid bill. this is what the white yacht commissioned by jobs, called the vaccine new york looks like. the bbc is reporting the designer claims jobs' heirs owe him 4 million of his $12 million fee. the yacht cat 1 $28 million to build. >> in britain, prosecutor ares are deciding whether to charge the deejays who made the prank call nate have caused a nurse to commit homicide. they called the hospital, pretending to be the queen, and the nurse who put the call through wa
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Dec 23, 2012 2:00am PST
, street theater was used to call for stricter gun laws. participants dressed in black and laid down for 20 minutes. organizers then read the names of each of the victims. >> san francisco police are marking the norse of -- anniversary of one of their open. the 28-year-old was one of several officers searching for a 33-year-old man. west ran through a garage when. when police went to move in he opened fire, hitting the officer, who died at the hospital the next day. people can pay respect tuesday the community room indiana after -- named after him. >>> the family of steve jobs has lost the fight over his dream yacht. the designer has image pounded the vessel over an unpaid bill. this is what the white yacht commissioned by jobs, called the vaccine new york looks like. the bbc is reporting the designer claims jobs' heirs owe him 4 million of his $12 million fee. the yacht cat 1 $28 million to build. >> in britain, prosecutor ares are deciding whether to charge the deejays who made the prank call nate have caused a nurse to commit homicide. they called the hospital, pretending to be th
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Dec 29, 2012 6:00am PST
area law enforcement agencies are conducting driver's license checks and, if needed, a sobriety test. >> do what you have to do but don't drink and drive. >> apparently an extra reminder is needed. during the week before christmas the chp made 1,171 dui arrests statewide compared to 980 in 2011. fatalities were up more than double during this period. 39 compared to 14 last year. >> you know, i think people are a little more depressed this year. i think they are going out trying to find a relief for whatever pressures they have. >> i know a few. >> ben smith said he has friends who have had to pay the price for a dui arrest. >> it's expensive. i'm hearing different numbers. last time that i had a buddy, like $6,000 or something like that. i've heard $10,000. >> businesses, like the pier 15 restaurant and bar, say they will call a cab or drive a customer home themselves. they say it's worth it for both patron and customer. >> that's why we have returning customers all the time because we do care about our customers. >> they are offering water in between drinks and saying do you have a
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